Saturday, March 19, 2011
LJs Split With Sacred Heart
Manhattan split a pair of close, but very different games Saturday at the Seton Hall Pirate Classic in South Orange, NJ.
In the first game, the Lady Jaspers jumped out to a 10-3 lead then held on for dear life. Nicole Michel (pictured) had a great game, hitting 3 for 4 while driving home a pair of runs. Amanda Babcock had a pair of RBIs as well; Kristina Walraven drove home one. The LJs were aided in this game by 4 Sacred Heart errors, largely responsible for half the Manhattan runs being unearned. Erika Sullivan picked up her 3rd win of the season; freshman Katie Bowen, who as a batter was 2 for 5, earned the first save of her young career.
If game one was a hitting clinic, the second game, which was a tournament playoff game, was a pitching duel. Sacred Heart's Nicole Sidor was masterful in striking out 11 and walking no one. Manhattan's Melissa Donnelly pitched very well too, surrendering just a solo home run in the 2nd inning. Each team had 4 hits. Well, the LJs have lost 6 one run games this season thus far. It means their performance is better than their current record, but they can't have these losses come MAAC season. They'll have to figure out how to get over that hump.
The Lady Jaspers will play the consolation game of the Pirate Classic against Lafayette Sunday.